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Philippes Bordes


Philippe Bordes est un historien de l’art de renommée internationale, spécialiste de l'art de l'époque de la Révolution et de l'Empire, en particulier de l'œuvre du peintre français Jacques-Louis David. Auteur de nombreux ouvrages de référence, il publie en 2005 le catalogue de l’exposition « Jacques-Louis David : Empire to Exile » organisée par le J. Paul Getty Museum de Los Angeles et le Clark Art Institute de Williamstown. En 2010, il signe un essai intitulé « Représenter la Révolution ».

De famille française, cévénole par sa mère, émigré très jeune aux Etats-Unis, Philippe Bordes a obtenu son Bachelor of Arts à l’université de Stanford en 1970, son Master of Arts au Courtauld Institute of Art en 1972, année de son retour en France, et son doctorat à l’université Paris IV-Sorbonne en 1983.

En 1981, alors qu’il est Assistant d’histoire de l’art à l’université Paul Valéry de Montpellier, chargé d'enseigner les 19e et 20e siècles, Philippe Bordes entreprend des travaux de recherche sur la collection d'Alfred Bruyas et sur l’œuvre d’Alexandre Cabanel. François Saint-Pierre, arrière-petit-neveu du peintre, lui donne accès à de nombreux documents inédits, dits « Archives Saint-Pierre », contenant quelque 120 lettres. Philippe Bordes réunit ainsi une importante documentation sur Cabanel : transcriptions et photocopies de la correspondance et de livres de comptes. Familier du musée Fabre depuis qu'il a rédigé son mémoire de maîtrise à Londres sur François-Xavier Fabre et par son activité à l'université Paul Valéry, il est commissaire scientifique de l’exposition « Courbet à Montpellier » qui en 1985 met en lumière les richesses de la collection Bruyas.

Philippe Bordes doit abandonner ses recherches sur Cabanel en octobre 1984 lorsqu’il est nommé premier directeur du musée de la Révolution française à Vizille, près de Grenoble, poste qu'il occupe jusqu'en 1996. Après avoir enseigné à l’université Paris X – Nanterre, il est depuis 2001 professeur d’histoire de l’art moderne à l’université Lyon 2. Après une année à l'étranger, il est nommé en 2007 directeur du département des études et de la recherche à l’Institut national d’histoire de l’art, à Paris. A l'automne 2010, il reprend son enseignement à Lyon, afin d'y développer des projets collectifs sur les arts de la Renaissance à Lyon et sur le genre du portrait.

En 2009, dans la perspective de l’exposition « Alexandre Cabanel 1823-1889. La tradition du beau » (2010), il verse au musée sa documentation réunit au début des années 1980.

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IV) Décès 1889 18.21 MB
VI) Archives 4.01 MB

Cartons d'invitation de la galerie Jean Fournier

Visuel Jean Fournier


In 2007, at the time of its re-opening, the museum Fabre had chosen to pay homage to Jean Fournier (1922-2006), a collector and art dealer who put his mark on the Parisian artistic scene from the fifties to nowadays.For the occasion, the gallery Jean Fournier accepted to leave the task of digitizing all his invitation cards, witnesses of the choices of the gallery owner, to the museum.

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Jean Fournier fought tireless for painting rather than the emergence of conceptual art, photography and video. Partisan of the north-American artists settled in France like Jean-Paul Riopelle or Joan Mitchell, Fournier introduced groups like BMPT (Buren, Parmentier…) and Supports-Surfaces (Viallat…). He also built strong bounds with Simon Hantaï and Sam Francis. The choice of Jean Fournier always went to the abstract and radical painting : limited means, non-acceptance of virtuosity in order to let the Color take all its place and make all its sense.

(The documents are written in french)

De 1955 à 1959 22.88 MB
De 1962 à 1969 16.99 MB
De 1971 à 1979 5.65 MB
De 1980 à 1989 11.37 MB
De 1990 à 1999 11.43 MB
De 2000 à 2006 6.67 MB

Archives Azéma

Pierre Azema


Pierre Azéma (Montpellier, 1891 – Montpellier, 1967) was an active member for the occitan movement. Founder of the company “La Lauseta” in 1912, he becomes the president in 1940. In 1929, he is appointed as Majoral du Félibrige – the Félibrige is a literature association founded in 1854 promoting langue d’oc. Elected to local council of Montpellier, he becomes deputy mayor in charge of cultural questions in 1935. Very concerned by the conservation of the regional heritage, Pierre Azéma becomes the president of the “Escola dau Parage” from 1935 to 1939 (the school was founded in 1875, with the objective of maintaining the “montpellierain dialect” and preserve alive the langue d’oc) and the occitan studies institute (1957-1959). He was the writer of the plays “Jount un balcoun” (Under a balcony, 1911), “Lou Ciclopa” (the Cyclops, 1926) with an anthology of articles “A boulet rouge” (1930) and many literatures studies. His occitan talks were published in 1998, compiled by François Pic in the book “Azema Pèire, Charradissas Occitanas sus Radio Montpellier 1927-1956”.
As deputy mayor for cultural administration for Montpellier town, he was very implicated in museum Fabre activities to which he leaves his personal archives (documents from 1902 to 1956 which concerned the exhibitions, the acquisitions, school of Beaux–Arts and correspondence with the artists).

Archives Dupin

Visuel Dupin


Albert Dupin is a French artist, sculptor of bas-relief and murals from abstract inspiration. Born in Toulouse (Haute-Garonne) on April 29, 1910, he studies at the Beaux-Arts School of the city from 1926 to 1928. In 1945, during the “Salon d’Automne” in Paris, he exhibits his sculptural arrangements and then becomes a member of this Salon. After that, he meets the group of artists “Montpellier-Sète” founded in 1964. This group, formed around François Desnoyer, gathers artists like Gabriel Couderc, Camille Descossy, Jean Milhau, Gérard Calvet and Elie Sarthou. The link between these artists is their affection for the “Midi” rather than their aesthetics. Dupin is the only sculptor who joined the band. He takes part in the first “Salon de la Jeune sculpture” in 1950-1951 in the Rodin Musem; and in 1954, in the “Salon de Mai”. In Montpellier, he left his mark at Paul Valéry University, realising the front door, and made a complex of sculptures for the Faculty of Sciences. He settles, towards the end of his life , in the village of Octon, where he dies in 2005.

Archives DUPIN 5.91 MB

Archives Calvet

Archives Calvet


Gerard Calvet was born in 1926 in Conilhac-Corbières (Aude). From 1945 to 1950, he is a student at Beaux-Arts School of Paris. He realizes his first exhibition in Paris with the sculptor Georges Oudot, met during his years of study. In 1952, he settles in Montpellier where he joins the group “Montpellier-Sète”, led by François Desnoyer. The group gathers artists native from the region, such as Camille Descossy, Georges Dezeuze, Jean R. Bessil, Gabriel Couderc and Pierre Fournel. In this time, the paint of Calvet is directed towards colors and finds its way in this new pictorial universe. His themes, marked by his love of the earth, for the littoral landscapes, the fruits, the human body lead him to explore the “Grand Sud” around the Mediterranean Sea from Spain to Italy.
Besides his painting activity, he creates costumes and sets for the theatre, especially for the “Printemps des Comédiens” from 1988 to 1991, and posters also ( SNCF “Pyrénées”, and for the region Languedoc-Roussillon). He is a member of the Letters and Sciences Academy of Montpellier.
The documents are written in French.